A walk-off single by Yan Gomes gave the Indians a 9-8 victory in 13 innings to take a 2-0 series lead in the American League Division Series.
Down 8-3 after five innings, the Indians made the largest comeback in their postseason history and hit their first walk-off for the club since Game 2 of the 2007 ALDS against the Yankees.
The comeback started with a Francisco Lindor grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning that smacked off the right field foul pole.
Jay Bruce tied things up in the bottom of the eighth with his second home run of the series
A lead off walk to Austin Jackson in the bottom of the 13th and then Jackson stealing second base set it all up for Gomes to send Progressive Field and the rest of the Indians fans in a frenzy.
Corey Kluber struggled going just 2.2 innings pitched giving up 7 hits and 6 earned runs. The bullpen which is just as strong as the Yankees is came in and did their job giving up just two earned runs in 10.1 innings and recorded eight strikeouts.
Cody Allen and Josh Tomlin worked the four extra innings and gave up just one hit. Tomlin is the projected Game 4 starter so you have to wonder if he’ll still make the start on Monday or if Francona will go with Danny Salazar or Bauer on four days rest.
Unforunately, the Indians lost designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion early in the game when he rolled his ankle when he was tagging back to second base. He needed help off the field but tried to put weight on it walking off the field.
He was initially diagnosed with a right ankle sprain however ESPN reported that he was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches and a walking boot and the team said further evaluation will be done.
The series will resume Sunday night with Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29 ERA) going for the Indians while the Yankees tab Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA).
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